Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine changes direction, at least a little bit, from our typical science-related topics. But it does relate to the coronavirus. Why were nursing homes hit so hard by COVID-19? Our guest is Barbara Bowers, professor and associate dean for research in the School of Nursing at UW-Madison. With some background and […]
Last night, the Dane County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the 2021 county budget and starting tonight, the Madison Common Council will be reviewing city budget proposals for next year. Today on the show, we get an inside look into these budgets—and the challenges and priorities of each—with Dane County Board chair Analiese Eicher and […]
As she prepares to move east to take a position at Harvard University, Jen Cheatham joins Carousel in the studio to reflect on her six years as superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Their conversation is wide-ranging and includes topics like addressing racial equity in Madison schools, the role of parents in effecting change, […]
President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes cutting funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public media outlets like NPR and PBS. It’s not the first time a Republican has proposed cutting funds for the group… Trump included gutting them last year as well, and it’s not a new idea among GOP lawmakers either. […]
The conversation about how Madison’s city government supports music and culture always seems a bit quieter than it should be. It’s about helping musicians and artists get paid, but it’s not. It involves public money and private organizations. It’s about the excitement of art and the clunkiness of institutions. It theoretically impacts everyone, but not […]
Have you heard of the constitutional amendment proposal to wall off transportation funding from the rest of the state budget? Should transportation spending be elevated above all other purposes? Would moving money out of the transportation fund have a long-term detrimental impact? Listen to this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!